• Cala Mariolu
  • near Baunei, Province of Ogliastra, East Sardinia.
  • None. You'll want to bring some amenities.
  • snorkelling, scuba diving, hiking.
  • 60 meters.

Cala Mariolu

a picture of cala mariolu near baunei sardinia
The beach of Cala Mariolu, near Baunei, Province of Ogliastra, East Sardinia. In the background, the Supramonte mountains, reaching all the way to the Tyrrhenian Sea at the Gulf of Orosei.

About Cala Mariolu

a picture of rocks on the beach of cala mariolu near cala gonone in east sardinia
Paradise found: pale-golden sand fringed by sparkling aquamarine waters and limestone rocks at Cala Mariolu.

Cala Mariolu is one of the most precious beaches the eastern coast of the beautiful island of Sardinia has to offer. This gem is located just north of Cala Goloritze, and is decorated with little pebbles made round and smooth by the eternal movement of the waters. The beach of Cala Mariolu is very suitable for scuba diving, and is one of the best snorkeling beaches of Sardinia. Due to its location, the beach of Cala Mariolu rests in the shade of the limestone rocks at the end of the afternoon. Unfortunately there are no hotels or other accommodations in the direct vicinity of Cala Mariolu, but there are plenty of accommodations to be found in the cities north and south of the cove. Just 14 kilometers north of Cala Mariolu you’ll find several beachfront hotels, apartments and bed & breakfasts in Cala Gonone. Just about 22 kilometers south of Cala Mariolu there’s a wide variety of hotels and apartments to be found in Santa Maria Navarrese, Ogliastra. All accommodations in both cities are 3-stars and up, and great starting points for beach, nature and hiking enthusiasts and backpackers who come to Sardinia to explore the Gulf of Orosei.

Where to Stay near Cala Mariolu

Hotel Villa Gustui Maris

  • A 4 star Hotel with 34 rooms, 67.6 kilometers from Cala Mariolu (about 42 miles.)
a picture of hotel villa gustui maris in cala gonone
Hotel Villa Gustui Maris in Cala Gonone, with marvelous views of the Gulf of Orosei and the Supramonte mountain range.

Hotel Villa Gustui Maris is one of the top picks in Cala Gonone. Located near the slopes of the Supramonte mountain range, at the foot of Mount Irveri, the four-star family-friendly hotel is strategically located north of the center of the seaside village, from where you can explore the famous Sardinian beaches and hidden coves such as Cala Mariolu, Cala Goloritzé, Cala Luna, Cala Fuili and Cala Cartoe. From the hotel's porch and balconies, you'll enjoy the swoon-worthy panoramic views of the Gulf of Orosei and the Tyrrhenian Sea. The hotel's restaurant serves traditional Sardinian dishes and Mediterranean cuisine. In the morning, an Italian continental breakfast buffet is available and can be enjoyed while looking over the bay of Cala Gonone. The staff at Villa Gustui Maris are very friendly and will gladly provide you with any information you may need to explore the region. Trekking excursions through the Supramonte’s long canyons, narrow gorges and valleys, and boat trips to Cala Mariolu and other hard to reach coves can also be arranged at the hotel's concierge desk.

Highly recommended!

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Hotel Cala Luna

  • A 3 star Boutique Hotel with 27 rooms, 66.4 kilometers from Cala Mariolu (about 41.26 miles.)
a picture of the sun terrace at hotel cala luna in cala gonone east sardinia
The sundeck with views of the Gulf of Orosei at boutique Hotel Cala Luna in Cala Gonone.

The beachfront Cala Luna Hotel is a modern three-star boutique hotel located along the cozy promenade of Cala Gonone. It's a family-run business with 27 unique rooms, most of them feature grand views of the bay of Cala Gonone and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Traditional Sardinian dishes and excellent local Italian wines are available in three à la carte dining venues: Inside the hotel, you'll find an air-conditioned dining room, outside the hotel, there are restaurants with a veranda and a romantic oceanfront terrace. Excursions and boat trips to Cala Mariolu can be arranged by the hotel's professional and English-speaking staff. Another option to discover the most beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Orosei is to organize boat trips to Cala Luna, Cala Golorizé, Cala Sisine and the Bue Marino caves at the local harbor in Cala Gonone, which is located within walking distance of the hotel. A mountain bike rental service is free for hotel guests if you'd like to explore the seaside village or the mountain biking trails that run through the hills of the jagged Supramonte mountain range.

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How To Get To Cala Mariolu

Cala Mariolu can be accessed on foot from Piredda in the Plateau of Golgo (Altopiano del Golgo), where goats and donkeys gather to graze in the Mediterranean scrub. While the rewards are truly worth the effort, the trek to the beach is not easy and should be done well prepared - and with caution. Getting to Cala Mariolu involves walking a total distance of 6 kilometers while going 100 meters uphill, and approximately 600 meters downhill. Hiking to Cala Mariolu should take you about 3 hours. One can imagine the hike is not something to do for everybody, especially during the hot summer days of July and August! Should you decide to reach Cala Mariolu on foot, it's adviced to make the return trip to your accommodation by boat. Boat excursions are available from the village of Cala Gonone up north, or Santa Maria Navarrese down south.

Sardinian Beaches Near Cala Mariolu

Pedra Longa

  • Length: 1000 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, scuba diving, hiking.
  • Facilities: parking, restaurant.
a picture of pedra longa beach, sardinia.

Pedra Longa beach has a rocky seashore, making it unsuitable for a relaxing day at the beach, but perfectly fine for hiking, scuba fishing, or scuba diving.

Learn more about Pedra Longa, how to get there, and where to stay.

Cala Gabbiani

  • Length: 200 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, scuba diving.
  • Facilities: .

Cala Gabbiani is a quiet and secluded beach in Dorgali, Nuoro, Sardinia with white sands, and opaque, greenish-blue cool water.

Learn more about Cala Gabbiani, how to get there, and where to stay.

Cala Goloritze

  • Length: 200 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, birdwatching.
  • Facilities: None. You'll want to bring some amenities.
a picture of cala goloritze, near Baunei, province of Ogliastra, east sardinia

Cala Goloritze is one of the most photogenic Sardinian beaches of its kind. Elected a UNESCO site in 1995, this is what paradise looks like.

Learn more about Cala Goloritze, how to get there, and where to stay.

Cala Biriola

  • Length: 100 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, scuba diving.
  • Facilities: .

This Sardinian beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast. Cala Biriola Beach is a good place for scuba diving, snorkelling, and climbing.

Learn more about Cala Biriola, how to get there, and where to stay.

Cala Sisine

  • Length: 200 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, scuba diving.
  • Facilities: bar, restaurant.
a picture of cala sisine beach

Cala Sisine beach, north of Arbatax, Sardinia, features fine white sand, and water with colours ranging from the lightest blue to turquoise.

Learn more about Cala Sisine, how to get there, and where to stay.